Kevin Alas draws strength from dad Louie in recovering from ACL tears
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jun 25, 2020 02:12 PM
"One of the best persons na makaka-advice sakin yung dad ko, kasi talagang naging experience niya yun. Na-experience niya lahat ng hirap na dinanas ko sa career ko." — Kevin Alas on his father Louie as he deals with back-to-back ACL tears on the same knee.
Injuries have severely slowed down Kevin Alas' ascent to be one of the top guards in the PBA today.
In less than a year, Alas suffered two ACL injuries to the same knee.
The first one came during the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Following a long recovery process, Alas injured the same knee in the same venue five games into his return.
That's naturally devastating especially for a young player like Alas, but Kevin is drawing strength from his father Louie who also had to deal with ACL injuries during his playing career.
"Siguro yung pareho kaming naging journey ng dad ko, yung pumigil sa career niya is ACL," Kevin said during a recent episode of the PBA's Kamustahan.
"Ako, coming from dalawang ACL in less than a year, it's very tough for me," he added.
Coach Louie understands his son's situation having experienced it himself. He was a Purefoods draft pick in 1990 before an ACL tear cut his playing days short.
When it comes to injuries nowadays, players have access to better science that can help them heal faster, but the elder Alas says that the mental aspect is definitely tougher.
That's where he comes in to help out his son.
"Small things lang na very essential. Alam ko emotionally, basta injured ka kahit sinong player, kahit ikaw yung pinaka-tough, talagang mada-down ka eh. Dun kami dumadating ng mom niya. Ako naman twice din ako na-ACL eh. More on mindset yung mga pina-pasok ko sa kaniya," coach Louie said.
"Yung mga ganyang injury, kahit anong gawin mo nandiyan na lahat, maganda ang science. Pero ang importante diyan, kung paano mo malalagay sa isip mo yung toughness. Hindi nagpapakita yang batang yan na down siya, pero syempre anak ko siya, alam ko," he added.
As Kevin prepares to make a second comeback from an ACL injury, he's taking his dad's lessons to heart.
Returning to NLEX, the younger Alas has a chance to give the Road Warriors a boost together with another second-gen star in Kiefer Ravena, who also just recently returned from his own basketball-related adversities.
"Ang dami ko natutunan from my dad kung paano i-handle yung situation. Ang hirap din na injured ka and nakikita mo yung teammates mo na naglalaro, naiinggit ka na sana nandoon ka. Ang daming emotions habang di ako naglalaro," Kevin said.
"Syempre nandiyan yung dad ko na laging naga-advice sakin, one of the best persons na makaka-advice sakin yung dad ko, kasi talagang naging experience niya yun. Na-experience niya lahat ng hirap na dinanas ko sa career ko," the younger Alas added.
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